- lights out
- January 08, 2014 - 14:04
Maybe now is a good time to turn off your Christmas lights, put an extra blanket on your bed and even make an effort to turn off the lights that we leave on that we do not need on?
- Maurice E. Adams
- January 08, 2014 - 12:03
This seems more and more like a "system" distribution/capacity problem ----- in short, little or no proper planning, upgrading and maintenance. Nalcor's Planning document (section 3, System Capability) states --- "Hydro is the primary supplier of system capability to the Island Interconnected System, accounting for 78 percent of its net capacity...." ........ 78 % of 1,958 MW (our island NET capacity) is 1,548.3 MW . ..... So is this the capacity limit (nominally, 1,550 MW) that Dawn Daley was concerned about? .... Over the last 12 years, for half of those years the total island peak demand was about 1,600 MW (way above our recent peaks without incident). But much of that peak was due to high "industrial" load in western and central (so distribution on the Avalon was a lower share of the problem). Now, that load has shifted to the Avalon. The total island demand has not increased, but merely shifted to an area (the Avalon) where Nalcor/NL Hydro has failed to upgrade our distribution/capacity. WHY? --- Poor, inadequate planning, upgrading and maintenance. No need for Muskrat. Someone should be fired.
- January 08, 2014 - 12:20
Well said. On top of fired, they should be charged. There have been deaths, millions in losses for business, damaged appliances/electronics, frozen pipes and flooded homes, 1000s of students denied education, 1000s of people missing work and losing wages. The list goes on and on. No one is taking responsibility and no one is being held accountable. We will have to pay for these damages, not Nalcor and not the province, but us citizens on NL. Muskrat should be cancelled for the time being and the funds held dispersed to cover the damages due to this negligence on the part of Nalcor and the Premier as well as make the additional upgrades to see that this doesn't happen next year, and the year after. Even if Muskrat were to make a difference we needed that power years ago when they published the forecast numbers, not in 2017 or later.
- January 10, 2014 - 17:46
Great summary of the real problem that we are dealing with.